Last week we said our good-byes (and good luck) to our colleague and friend, Jason Fornicola. For eight years Jason worked as a communications specialist with the AFGE Communications Department. He was also the producer and voice behind our radio program, Inside Government. We’re truly sad to see him go, yet proud to have worked with such a great talent. Jason is taking his awesomeness to Federal News Radio as Director of Custom Media. We’re excited to see what he does next and grateful for his work with the Comm Squad. Thanks Jason and best of luck to you!
How many times have you taken out your mobile device to snap a photo of the kids or your pet doing something ordinary, yet amazing? Many of us use our smartphones and other devices to capture the everyday moments of our lives. As union activists we can use our impulse to snap away to capture our experiences as activists and provide a visual story of our activism. In talking with our members and conducting trainings we find that some folks need a few tips on mobile photography. So, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list below.
- Consider the light source and consider the subject. You more or less want to have the light source behind you while taking the photo. You’ll find that if you take a photo facing the light that the subject will appear dark.
- Keep still while taking your photo. Many of our mobile devices can take time to calculate the lighting and snap the picture. We want to make sure that we’re holding our device steady while it does the work.
- Fill the frame! When taking photos of people you want to get relatively close. Save the wide angle shots for those scenic views.
- Stay away from the zoom function on mobile devices. Most of the time you will find that when zooming on a mobile device the quality of the photo deteriorates significantly. Instead of zooming, get as close as you can to the action, then use the crop feature on your device to get a closer shot of the subject.
- Keep in mind the rule of thirds. A number of devices will let you turn on a photo grid that will help you frame your photos. You don’t have to center your subject in each photo. Experiment with the grid to add a little creativity to your photos.
Do you have go-to tricks of the trade that you use when taking photos on your mobile device? Share them with us in the comments below!